Dockrillia fairfaxii—Rat's Tail Orchid—ORCHIDACEAE

Dockrillia fairfaxii

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Habitat—Grows on trees and rarely on rocks in Rainforest; most common in the ranges to 1000 m alt., but also at lower elevations.

Distribution— North from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Epiphyte or rarely epilith with stems spreading to pendent, wiry, rooting mostly at base of the sympodium but also occasionally from more apical stems, with 1 leaf at apex; roots smooth, mostly creeping.

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park, Middle Brother National Park and Tapin Tops National Park

Leaves.— Pendent, linear, terete, 10 to 70 cm long, 4 to 6 mm diam, succulent, smooth, dark green.

Inflorescence.— 1 to 5 cm long, 1 to 4–flowered. Sepals and lateral petals white to cream with red or purple striations at the base; dorsal sepal 20 to 35 mm long, 2 to 3 mm wide; labellum cream, spotted and marked with reddish purple, 20 to 35 mm long, 3.5 to 6 mm wide. Column 2 to 4 mm long; column foot 4 to 6 mm long.

Flowering.—August to October

Dockrillia fairfaxii